ProMedica Announces the Winners of its Fourth Annual High School Scholarship Program
posted on: 04/04/2012
Top Photo: Left to right; Deborah Vas, executive director, Toledo Seagate Foodbank; Julie Payeff, community commitment manager, The Andersons; Kayleen Powell and Katelyn Motsinger from Bowling Green High School; and Ben Heywood, attorney, Lyden, Liebenthal and Chappell, Ltd.
Bottom Photo: Left to right; Deborah Vas, executive director, Toledo Seagate Fodbank; Julie Payeff, community commitment manager, The Andersons; Ryan Temple and Trayvone Mathis from Start High School and Scott High School; and Ben Heywood, attorney, Lyden, Liebenthal and Chappell, Ltd.
TOLEDO, Ohio, Jan. 30, 2012 – Today, ProMedica announced the winners of its fourth-annual high school scholarship program, Come to the Table, at ProMedica St. Luke’s Hospital. The program required area high school students to develop a program to address hunger in their community.
Katelyn Motsinger and Kayleen Powell from Bowling Green High School won first-place and each received $5,000 college scholarships for their Kay and Kate's Kitchen program. Their program Serving All Community Kids (S.A.C.K.) consists of a weekend backpack program for kids enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. Students are sent home with a backpack containing food to assist in meeting their nutrition needs outside of school. Their program will be put into action in communities throughout ProMedica’s service area, and ProMedica will award $1,000 to their high school for its health and science program.
Ryan Temple and Trayvone Mathis from Start High School and Scott High School received honorable mention and each received $1,000 college scholarships for their program The Need to Feed.
Pike Delta York High School and St. Ursula Academy were also selected as finalists to present their program ideas. The following community members served as judges: Julie Payeff, community commitment manager, The Andersons; Ben Heywood, attorney, Lyden, Liebenthal and Chappell, Ltd.; and Deborah Vas, executive director, Toledo Seagate Foodbank. Entries were judged on overall program content, creativity and how the program’s impact will be measured.
The scholarship program was developed to raise awareness about hunger in our communities and to increase access to healthier food in under-served areas.
Previous scholarship programs focused on improving the quality of school lunches and encouraging physical fitness in elementary schools. The scholarship program is part of a larger, comprehensive ProMedica initiative encompassing a variety of health and nutrition programs. Another program called the Healthy Kids Conversation Map® Program includes a series of interactive and educational sessions conducted in various community settings to foster healthy nutrition and exercise habits in children and adults. For more information about ProMedica, visit www.promedica.org.
ProMedica, a mission-based organization that is ranked the No. 2 most integrated health system in the U.S., was formed in 1986 and is a Toledo, Ohio-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization with nearly 14,000 employees; 3,000 physicians and more than 306 facilities in Ohio and Michigan. ProMedica serves more than 2.73 million patients annually and includes 11 hospitals; ProMedica Continuum Services with senior, hospice, rehabilitation, and integrative services; ProMedica Physicians, a network of more than 315 primary care and specialty physicians; and Paramount Health Care, the largest HMO in northwest Ohio.